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July in the garden!!



  • I went out at lunchtime for 20 minutes. By the time I got back my shoes were squelching. I have abundant Tayberries that I'm picking daily, but tonight many were mouldy on the branch there's been so much rain today. Hopefully there'll be a dry period as I also have loads of large juicy Blackcurrants which are ready for picking.

    Note to self, North Essex coast for next holiday in the UK!

  • I wonder what house prices are like there! Wales is utterly beautiful, but oh, so wet!

  • Tina5Tina5 Posts: 46


    House prices are faling here, same as everywhere else. You can still buy a 2 bed bungie with a fair sized garden for around 160K (in a decent area)

    The real added bonus for gardeners is that we don't get hose pipe bans. 80% of our water comes from underground aquifers, and the water company (Veolia East) serves such a small area that the reservoirs don't get depleted. The water table here is very high. When we dug the foundations for our extension, three feet down and we were up to our ankles in water! The ground here is sandy soil over glacial clay. You need to make tons and tons of compost to get anywhere near half decent soil for veggies. I'm happy here.image


    Cheesecake with strawbs from the garden. I had to buy the kwi fruit!



  • Pennine PetalPennine Petal Posts: 1,540

    Yummy looking cheesecake. A sunny day in Rossendale, strangely after yesterday's downpour. we have no water coming from the taps! The garden is alive

     with insects abuzzing.


     Buzzing climbing hydrangea.



  • Tina5Tina5 Posts: 46

    How beautiful! Now that's my kind of garden!image

  • InkadogInkadog Posts: 492

    Love the climbing hydrangea--mine is still small and has yet to bloom.

    Well, my concrete is poured in the cool of the morning--not a job I like to do in the hot sun. So it's more digging and moving rocks and soil--can't wait to plant my first vertical garden! Won't have to buy plants--have lots of hens and chicks, echiversa and other succulents already. I have one called Mexican Jellybeans--don't know if it's hardy, but we'll find out!

  • Inkadog you must send photos when you've done it and tell us how you did it. I'd like one on my brick shed but it's fairly shady so would have to be ferns, hostas etc. and it would be a great addition for the queueing sparrows




    Lovely pics everyone, and that cheesecake looks really yummy Tina5.

    Very wet all day here in Bristol.Had a quick scout around the garden when the rain eased a bit and the penstemons are really doing well. Not many buds left on my Shasta daisy but several small snails were there instead !! Disposed of them and a few slimy slugs with my handy knife ! My cosmos are really struggling what with the wet and the slugs, and some of my bedding plants in pots are just stalks, all flowers eaten !!
  • LilylouiseLilylouise Posts: 1,013

     Lovely photos everyone - yummy cheesecake image

    We really need some sunshineimage


    Basket tree



     Statue in arch



    front garden bedding border









     Back garden



     back garden


     Clematis Etoile violette




     Oval garden




     Pam x

  • Stunning garden Lillylouise,  your plants seem to have escaped the worst of the rain and yes you are right we all need some sunshine now.

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